University of Chicago, Astronomy and Astrophysics

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Position ID:UChicago-A&A-POSTDOC4 [#26886]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Research Position in JWST Exoplanet Atmospheric Characterization
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Chicago, Illinois 60637, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Astrophysics / Exoplanets
Appl Deadline:2024/01/31 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2023/12/15, listed until 2024/06/15)
Position Description:    

Today is the last day you can apply for this position; no new applications will be accepted after 2024/06/15 11:59PM US Eastern Time.

The Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics at The University of Chicago invites applications for a postdoctoral position to collaborate with Professor Diana Powell on the characterization of exoplanet atmospheres; in particular, the interpretation of observations to be obtained with the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). The successful candidate will join teams composed of US and international collaborators, with a focus on interpreting and reporting results from a JWST GO program on morning/evening terminator spectroscopy. Resources include the Midway Computing Cluster and access to data from multiple JWST observational programs.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications by January 31, 2024, and ensure that 3 letters of recommendation are received by the same date. It is expected that the appointment will begin in Fall 2024 (negotiable) with a competitive salary and run for approximately two years, with extension to a third year based on performance.

At the time of appointment, the successful applicant must have completed all requirements for a Ph.D. in Physics/Astronomy or related disciplines. Candidates with experience in exoplanet atmosphere theory and/or numerical modeling are preferred, but consideration will also be given to candidates with background and interest in theory or observations of Exoplanet Atmospheres.

Please contact Professor Powell at if you have any questions.

Please have: a cover letter, a CV including publication list; a statement of research interests (up to 4 pages); and three letters of recommendation uploaded to Academic Jobs Online by January 31, 2024.

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Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
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